Originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick and with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy: A Musical Fable is the ultimate stage-mother musical. It tells the story of the domineering Rose, who pushed both of her daughters into show biz as soon as they could warble a few bars and tap a few steps; the kicker is that one of the daughters grows up to be legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
It’s also the biggest show Capital Repertory Theatre has ever presented, running 165 minutes (with one intermission) and featuring 23 cast members. Kelsey Crouch (pictured) is Louise aka Gypsy Rose Lee, Mary Callanan is Mamma Rose, and Benita Zahn is a veteran stripper who gives the young novice a few pointers. The director is Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.
Gypsy: A Musical Fable begins previews tomorrow (Friday, March 14) at 8 PM, and opening night is Tuesday (March 18) at 7:30 PM at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Pearl St., Albany.) Regular performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; and matinees Saturday at 3 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. There will be a special matinee on March 26 at 2 PM. Tickets are $20 to $65, $16 students with ID. For more info, call 445-7469 or visit capitalrep.org